Crime And Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky's romantic thriller about guilt and redemption, dramatised by Mike Walker. With Barnaby Kay, Robert Lang, Oliver Milburn, Poppy Downie and Jim Norton.
Director: John Taylor
First broadcast from 20000611 to 20000625 Three episodes BBC Radio Four Classic Serial
01 20000611 Young Raskolnikov is determined to put to the test a horrific theory.
In Dostoevsky's romantic thriller of guilt and redemption, young Raskolnikov is determined to put to the test a horrific theory.
02 20000618 Raskolnikov, in a fever of guilt, finds himself pursued by the unnaturally cunning investigator, Porfiry Petrovich.
03 20000625 As the policeman Porfiry Petrovich closes in, a desperate Raskolnikov finds an unexpected source of hope.
Dramatised by Mike Walker Directed by John Taylor Baranby Kay (Rodya Raskolnikov) Robert Lang (Marmelodov) Poppy Miller (Sonia) Anton Lesser (Luzhin) Paula Jacobs (Alyona Ivanovna) Jim Norton (Porfiry Petrovich) Penny Layden (Dunia) Oliver Milburn (Dmitri) Penny Downie (Mrs. Raskolnikova) Sophie Ward (Paulenka) Jonathan Keeble (Police Sergeant) Deborah Berlin (Nastasia) Jonathan Tafler (Zamyotov; Polish man) Ian Brooker (Policeman) Frances Jeeter (Katarina) Rachel Atkins (Amalia) John Rogan (Captain Koch)
This is the novel that ensured Fyodor Dostoevsky's place as a giant of Russian literature. First published in 1866, this legendary work continues to enthrall readers around the world and earn Dostoevsky legions of fans with every printing. Timeless, and breathtaking in scope, Crime and Punishment - the story of a young Russian intellectual's decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker and his subsequent intellectual and spiritual crisis - is one of the most famous novels in all of literature.
A desperate young man plans the perfect crime -- the murder of a despicable pawnbroker, an old women no one loves and no one will mourn. Is it not just, he reasons, for a man of genius to commit such a crime, to transgress moral law -- if it will ultimately benefit humanity? So begins one of the greatest novels ever written: a powerful psychological study, a terrifying murder mystery, a fascinating detective thriller infused with philosophical, religious and social commentary. Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in a garret in the gloomy slums of St. Petersburg, carries out his grotesque scheme and plunges into a hell of persecution, madness and terror. Crime And Punishment takes the reader on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind, and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil ... a man who cannot escape his own conscience.